Thomas Jefferson Street to Close Next Week

As part of a three-year project to rehabilitate the aging roadways that cross Georgetown’s C&O Canal, Thomas Jefferson Street’s bridge will close on July 26 until July 30, 2011, according to an announcement released by DDOT.

The project, which slated a year of repairs for each bridge, recently completed its work on 30th Street. 29th Street is on deck after TJ.

The project caused an initial stir when it was proposed last summer, mostly by residents who argued it would exacerbate the notorious traffic congestion already facing the village. Sustained opposition to the repairs never materialized, however, and so far the work seems to have had a minimal effect on traffic flow.

Parking will be restricted only on the west side of TJ, and traffic will still be able to access businesses and residences from M Street or K Street (and yes, you can still get to Baked and Wired).

All work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. No work will be conducted on Sunday.

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